Embrace your Body Wise
Come back to your senses and sensations and embrace your innate source of wisdom and vitality
Come back to your senses and sensations and embrace your innate source of wisdom and vitality
Play, dance, move, laugh, feel, discover, express, unwind, and re-charge in the stunning nature of the Alpujarra
Treat Yourself to an intimate retreat where you come home to yourself and reconnect to your Sentient Inner Wisdom: An anchor point to which you can always return. A compass that allows you to clearly perceive what is good and healthy for you, and helps you to create beauty, magic, and meaning with what you have and who you are.
You will discover new ways of moving through life that could transform your life, as we play with stillness, the senses, perception, nature, being gentle with ourselves, and with the healing powers of NIA conscious dance, Feldenkrais somatic movement, and your own embodied inner wisdom map.
Enjoy the beautiful sunrises over the mountains, dance in beautiful nature, indulge in scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meals, pure air, peaceful silence, and the abundance of nature. Come back to your senses and sensations and embrace your own source of wisdom and vitality
Being authentically yourself involves being connected to your own source of wisdom: Your sentient, mystical body Wise.
Let’s make living in our bodies spirited, meaningful, and magical. Let’s create beauty with what we have and who we are. Tap into your unique potential to dance through life.
Are you ready to meet the sensuous phenomenal Body Self Wise within?
You are invited to join me on this magical somatic dance journey to come back to Self and reconnect with your inner wisdom. An anchor point to which you can always return, a compass that allows you to clearly perceive what is good and healthy for you.
Let’s be playful and curious, tap into the ageless wisdom within you. Creating your own embodied inner wisdom map to guide you through life, dancing with your inner sparkle turned on.
Let your Body Self-Wise guide you to:
1. Move from pain to pleasure
2. Reclaim your sensuous body as a safe, and comfortable place
3. Move from hard to a heart for self.
4. Break down limiting stories, self-images, attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs
5. Unlock new potential and new feelings
6. Master the art of living an authentic, mindful, healthy life
No previous movement experience is necessary, only a heart-forward, open mind.
“Life is made up of relationships. Your most important relationship is with yourself, your body. Change the quality of this relationship and you change the quality of your life.”
Starting the day with a revitalizing freshly pressed fruit juice. Engage in a gentle, playful, revigorating morning movement practice of NIA to nourish your soul and body.
Come to your senses in a silent body meditation that connects you with the sensuous natural world around and inside you as the sun rises above the mountain.
Let yourself be seduced by the aromas of freshly ground coffee or a deliciously fragrant tea. Enjoy the fresh fruit, the freshly baked warm bread, our homemade jam, the home-baked madeleines with our own olive oil, our secret recipe for delicious gluten-free granola, and a fine vegan yogurt. And maybe an honest egg from our free-range chicken family… While catching the first sunbeams on your skin. An early morning full of nourishing energy.
Gather on our outside dance space for an intimate sharing circle to connect, set the intent and integrate all your personal discoveries. Explore, play. laugh, heal, and self-discover… Immerse yourself into a playful conscious Dance & Movement Creativity session and awaken your own wise and sparkling self.
Around midday, we sit down to a delicious, nutritious, finger-licking lunch in the family atmosphere of our terrace.
Spend your afternoon alone or with others, whichever feels right for you… Walking or hiking in the beautiful surrounding nature, dreaming away to the song of cicadas and birds, while lying in your hammock and being rocked by a gentle breeze. Or take a refreshing dip in the pool and let the sun gently dry your skin, while you enjoy the vibrant greens in our tranquil citrus and olive grove.
Start your evening with a healing dance journey to harmonize and balance your energy centers. Indulge your taste buds in a feast of flavors with a mouthwatering dinner from our chef. Feel free to enjoy the colorful sunset alone or with others, whichever feels right for you
End the evenings in a moment of silence, reminiscing under the abundant starry skies. On Friday evening we will close the journey festively to integrate and celebrate your personal discoveries.
After these seven days, you will have returned to yourself – grounded and refreshed. You will go home with your own personal embodied wisdom map that will give you a wealth of tools to integrate, enrich and enliven your sense of joy, ease, and inner peace mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in all aspects of life.
I can only recommend this retreat, it had so much depth. Pingel and Peter are deeply sensitive and full of love. In dance and in movements, old familiar patterns were revealed, were lovingly looked at, and allowed to change. The meetings were super prepared and yet totally adapted to the moment. It was a welcome challenge and was enjoyed very much. All love and lots of encouragement for you.
I have known Pingel & Peter for a long time now and have seen them grow individually and professionally. I found the retreat I did to be a huge success. Although it was a small group with big differences, they were able to tune in to the different needs. In which they made good use of each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities. I experienced it as a special, safe, and inspiring week. Pingel and Peter do not teach you what to do but challenge you to discover your life path in your own way.
Pingel Braat you’re amazing! And thank you. Your work has transformed core issues in parts of my body that nothing else has been able to make a difference with. Thank you so much. 🙏
Retreats are 7 days / 6 nights and start on Sunday afternoons and end on Saturday mornings. There will be an NIA dance class, Dance Movement Creativity session, and a Feldenkrais somatic movement workshop each day, with exception of Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning when we make a trip. Friday night we will have a farewell party.
Every day, the morning and evening dance and movement sessions focus on a different dimension of your Sensuous Mystic Inner Wise. We move from the base to the crown to heal and integrate our wisdom centers and to rekindle our inner sparkle of joy, meaning, and self-confidence.
Our retreats take place with a minimum of 1 person and are limited to a maximum of 6 women to ensure an optimal environment for your sensitive nervous system. An environment that offers tranquility, and space to truly see, hear, acknowledge and support each other.
All retreats include:
Not included in the price are:
We offer various options for accommodation at Jardin de Luz:
The prices below cover accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, (non-alcoholic) drinks & snacks, all group sessions mentioned in the program:
Guests staying in the cabana or one of the tents share shower and toilet facilities in our building. The tent and the cabana have an eco-toilet nearby as well. The guesthouse has its own facilities. The kitchen and swimming pool in the guesthouse are available for all guests
If you prefer to arrange your own stay, there are many friendly priced Airbnb’s and hotels in the area. There is a variety of choices from very basic to luxury accommodation. We can assist you. Please send us a mail if you prefer this.
For a friendly additional fee you can book individual hands-on sessions of somatic energetic bodywork with Pingel in the afternoons to transform movement patterns and habits that are limiting mobility, ease, release, a sense of pleasure, and vitality.
For an additional fee we offer Airport pick-up & Drop-off:
Malaga Airport (AGP) is at 90 minutes distance from our sanctuary Jardin de Luz.
The most convenient way to travel from Malaga airport to Lanjaron is to have our driver pick you up and possibly also drop you off. We offer this service for an additional fee.
Our driver charges per car not per person. If more people arrive on the same day you will be picked up together to minimize air pollution and costs for you.
Pick up only: A maximum of 90 euro
Pick up and drop off: A maximum of 180 euro
These costs may be lower if we pick up more than one person at a time. You pay directly to the driver.
Other means of transport that you can arrange by yourself are:
What is your cancellation policy ?
We use the flexible cancellation policy of Bookretrreats.com. This means that cancellation free of charge is possible until 1 month before the retreat!
Check the full cancellation policy here:
We recommend cancellation and travel insurance! Depending on the policy you go for, it could help with delayed, canceled, or missed flights; theft or damage of belongings, and emergency healthcare.
In the rare case that we have to cancel the retreat due to force majeure, we will arrange suitable replacement where possible and in consultation. In case of cancellation on our part, you will receive your payment to us back. We do not refund airfare costs and costs for accommodation other than what we offer.
Are there other ways of transport to go to Jardin de Luz?
Yes, but you need to arrange them by yourself. You can:
1. Rent a car at the airport
The easiest way to get from Malaga airport to Lanjaron is to drive. If you want a little more freedom to go wherever you want, you can rent a car at the airport relatively cheaply. Do check if you need an international driver’s license to drive in Spain. For EU citizens it is not obliged.
2. Use Public transport by bus company ALSA
Another possibility is to use public transport. From Malaga Airport, you’ll first need to travel by a direct bus line to the coastal town of Almuñecar. This bus goes several times a day.
At the modest bus station in Almuñecar, you’ll need to take another bus to Lanjaron. This bus only runs twice a day most of the year. In Lanjarón we will pick you up at the bus station. All retreat participants will receive our WhatsApp numbers in advance to contact us upon arrival or as needed. Ticket booking and exact timetables can be found on the website of the public transport provider ALSA. We can assist you at any time.
Will this retreat be for me if I am experiencing tension, stress, and low energy?
Yes! This retreat is especially suitable for people that experience stress, tension, strain, and low energy. My own experience as a former over-exhausted person with lots of tension and pain inspired me to create this week’s program. I weave together my knowledge of how the human body is meant to move and how the brain works with my body awareness and sensory IQ to guide you into movement that is both healing and gently recharging body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
I am over fifty years old. Can I join?
Yes, of course. I have had people in their seventies in my regular classes. In this retreat, you are encouraged to move according to your own comfort and ability. The purpose is to fully engage your body’s resources for sensation, movement, and pleasure, without causing harm through your actions. You will discover how to follow the Body’s Way. Which is to learn, appreciate and respect what your body tells you is true.
What is included in this retreat?
Are there possibilities for private sessions?
Yes, you can book 60-minute private sessions with Pingel in the afternoons. You pay a friendly price for these (extra) sessions.
How long are the group sessions?
The NIA morning class is 60 minutes, morning group sessions are 2 hours including a coffee break. In the morning expect a mix of expressive movement and creativity.
Evening group sessions are 1,5 hours. Expect a combination of mindful movement in sitting or lying down, dance meditation, energy work, and creativity.
I don’t like to dance. Is this suitable for me?
Depending on your definition of dance. You are mostly moving on music through free expression, simple movement variations, and gentle conditioning. Don’t expect complicated dance steps or difficult combinations.
If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me